Lawyer: Others could be charged in case involving raid on fireworks booth – Port Arthur News
BEAUMONT – A U.S. deputy prosecutor has said at least two other suspects may face charges in the coming weeks in the case involving the raid on a Dutch fireworks stand.
Michelle Englade, the United States’ deputy prosecutor, told U.S. District Court Judge Thad Heartfield on Wednesday that more charges and indictments are likely to be looming.
When Heartfield asked for more details, Englade said “at least two people” who have not been charged could be charged by the first week of August.
No further information on potential charges was available.
On July 15, 2020, law enforcement raided Jake’s Fireworks and Right Price Chemicals, which is owned by Jake Daughtry and operates from the fireworks store on Twin City Highway near Spurlock Road. In the aftermath of the raid, the US government issued indictments against nine suspects over allegations that Daughtry and the other defendants knowingly distributed 1,4 butanediol for human consumption. The chemical is more commonly referred to as BDO.
Daughtry, along with his parents Joseph Daughtry and Sandra Daughtry, were charged with drug trafficking and money laundering after the raid.
Employees Jordan Lee King, Austin Dial, Tanner Jorgensen; all of Holland; Kip Daughtry, of Vidor, and Jesse Hackett, of The Woodlands, were also arrested and charged. Joshua Wisneant has been arrested in connection with the case.
During Wednesday’s status conference, Heartfield called on defense and prosecution lawyers to meet to discuss the exchange of evidence.
Englade said there are around 900,000 pages of evidence which can take two to three weeks to download.
The prosecutor said defense lawyers had more evidence than she did. Ryan Gertz, one of the Daughtry’s defense attorneys, said he received his 5 terabyte drive of evidence two days ago.
Englade said she had received readers from other lawyers over the past week and had not received readers from several others.
Heartfield has told lawyers they are expected to meet by next week and file contravention motions next month. If counsel for both sides fail to do so, the judge said lawyers will meet in the courtroom in the coming weeks for public mediation.
The court is also considering a gag order so that the case is not “judged by the media”.
Jury selection is expected to begin in September and Englade said the trial would take “at least three weeks”, due to the amount of evidence and 55 witnesses.